MBA - Management

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Master of Business Administration Courses

Foundation Course Descriptions
The following courses provide a foundation for the MBA program for individuals with limited business training. The Division suggests that students discuss their academic background with the Program Director prior to making a decision to enroll in any of these classes. These courses are three semester credit hours but do not count toward the MBA degree requirement. Individuals who do not have sufficient background in financial accounting or quantitative methods may be required to take one or both of these courses.

BUS

500A

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Three credit hours

This course develops a working knowledge of the basic accounting system. The primary focus is on financial accounting by the business entity. Students learn to read and understand the four standard financial reports: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of retained earnings with emphasis on their implications for management.

BUS

500Q

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

A course for individuals who have limited skills in Excel, algebraic techniques or statistical analysis. Students are exposed to statistical models and applications for quantitative methods in modern management.

 

Master in Business Administration in Systems Management Course Descriptions

BUS

501

SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY

Three credit hours

This course focuses on general systems concepts and the systems management approach to organizations. Students acquire a greater understanding of the interdependence of and interrelationships between elements of a system and its environment. Selected organizational and managerial issues or problems are diagnosed from a system and organizational theory perspective, and solutions are developed that reflect a systemic outlook. Opportunities are provided for applying systems thinking to the students own career or work situation.

BUS

509

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 501

This course provides an analysis of behavioral science approaches to organizations stressing the implications of theoretical concepts on managerial practice. Topics include functions and dysfunctions of bureaucracy, individual needs and organization requirements, group processes, and organizations as systems. Basic concepts used to study special topics are conflict management, leadership, communications, and organizational change and development.

BUS

524

MANAGEMENT SCIENCE/COMPUTER MODELS

Three credit hours

This course expands the general manager�s knowledge of the computer models necessary to deal with the complex relationships making up an integrated system. Linear regression, forecasting/time series, linear programming, simulation, and probabilistic decision models are studied. The emphasis is on the description of common management problems in terms of these models, the solution of such models, and the analysis of the results for making decisions from a systems perspective.

BUS

545

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Working capital management, investment decisions, cost of capital, and long-term financial decisions are the focus of this course. The method of presentation takes account of theory, application, and integration into the general systems approach.

BUS

548

ACCOUNTING MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course is a study of accounting information for managerial decision-making. Emphasis is on cost behaviors and cost accounting systems applied to management models.  Concepts include job-order costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, activity based costing, profit planning, and variance analysis.

BUS

551

MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 545

This course focuses on market segmentation, targeting, positioning, branding, pricing, delivering customer value, competing in cyberspace, leveraging databases, and considers the broad ramifications of marketing decisions.  It conveys how marketing has evolved and been transformed by forces such as globalization, de-regulation, privatization, consolidation, and the proliferation/diffusion of technology.  Students will develop both tactical and strategic skills by working on real-world, real-time products or services using market research, market segmentation approaches, life cycle management, and financial analysis.

BUS

581

MACROECONOMICS FOR MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course helps participants develop skill in understanding the operation of the United States economy, anticipating the impacts to government policies and other influences on the economy, and understanding the influence of the economy on the individual firm.

BUS

600

POWER, ETHICS, AND SOCIETY

Three credit hours

This course examines the social, ethical, sustainability, and leadership responsibilities of systems managers in relation to the stakeholders affected by managerial decisions-especially customers, the work force, shareholders, and society (including government). Students examine the acquisition and use of power inside and outside the organization through contemporary cases.

BUS

624

OPERATIONS ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

This course deals with production and operational subsystems from the perspective of general and operations management. Operations analysis tools and methodology are presented in detail to assist in designing, planning, and controlling manufacturing and service operations. This course includes analysis and application of PERT/CPM, inventory control, queuing, and quality management.

BUS

625

MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS & INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Three credit hours

This course provides a systematic presentation of the multinational enterprise as the dominant privately owned institution in international trade and investment. Political and economic dimensions of international trade as related to the multinational enterprise are considered. The course is presented in three parts: theory, policy, and enterprise.

BUS

632

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course establishes a basic understanding for developing management information systems that provide reliable and valid information for managers of diverse functions. The course provides an understanding of how information systems can facilitate implementation of a global strategy, a global organization, and create a more competitive organization.

BUS

670

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This capstone course represents the culmination of the student�s MBA program.  The science of strategic analysis and strategic management is taught along with competitive assessment, strategic planning, and overall enterprise management.  The student learns within the classroom environment to apply this knowledge to a company that is a major player in its industry.  In the process, the executive learns how to formulate decisions based on the analysis, and how to implement these decisions, given the organization�s capabilities and limitations.

 
MBA Elective Seminars

Elective seminars will be offered during a three-week term in the Fall and Spring semesters. These seminars will cover topics of current interest or provide in-depth coverage of selected topics from the core courses. The majority of the seminars will be assigned one semester hour of credit and will meet for three hours and ten minutes one night per week for a three-week period. Seminars will occasionally be given greater credit because of required travel, additional class-time, or extensive out-of-class assignments. Seminars will not be offered during the summer.

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